If you have ever gone on a road trip then you have noticed that even in the age of VoIP and mobile services, telephone lines seem to stretch on infinitely. These unsightly poles and wires still add up to POTS or ‘plain old telephone service’.
Who is using this service? Well the United States government wants to make sure that even if you do not, that you at least have the option to use it. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission), the government body in charge of phone service allocates up to $4 billion dollars a year to ensure that every area in the United States has access to telephone service. And it doesn’t matter if you use it or not.
What a waste!
Now that nearly all of U.S. households have access to wireless broadband, utilizing IP telephony seems like a more reasonable alternative to traditional telephone lines. Today, nearly all 100% of U.S. households have access to mobile voice service and 99.5% to wireless broadband.
Studies raise many questions about the future of telephony in the United States, and many of IP telephony’s benefits come into sharp focus when paired alongside the costly landline services described in the study. One of the primary benefits of using an IP PBX is that it lacks the cumbersome and expensive physical hardware that has apparently resulted in billions of dollars of waste at the federal level.